GIS– 04 October, 2017: The new fire station project at Rose Belle, which is in line with Government’s development strategy for Mauritius, will be the 11th station in Mauritius upon its completion and will greatly facilitate the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Services’ (MFRS) task of contributing to safety and offering better service in the region.
This statement was made by the Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Mr Purmanund Jhugroo, yesterday at the laying of the foundation stone ceremony of the Rose Belle Fire Station situated at the corner of Royal Road and Wireless Road, Rose Belle. The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun and other eminent personalities were also present on this occasion.
In his address, Minister Jhugroo highlighted that since 1991, the construction of a new fire station at Rose Belle was recommended by the Management Audit Bureau to cope with the increasing challenges, risks and hazards of fire as a result of the rapid industrial and commercial development in the vicinity. He added that upon completion, the new infrastructure will reduce the response time of firemen to intervene in case of any incident and provide a better service in terms of life safety.
Mr Jhugroo underscored that the new Rose Belle Fire Station will also provide backup mainly to the airport in case of any major accident as well as to Mahebourg, St Aubin and Curepipe stations. He pointed out that several other projects with respect to the MFRS are expected to be carried out at Goodlands and Montagne Blanche. Furthermore, he underlined that new lorries to the tune of some Rs 200 million will be acquired by the MFRS. The lorries will also be equipped of high volume water pumps to be used in emergencies caused by flash floods and major outbreaks of fire in the near future.
For his part, the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security stated that with climatic change causing flash floods, the MFRS is called upon to help the public more regularly. He added that the new fire station will be highly beneficial as it will help to ensure safety in the region. He also commended the MFRS for the good work accomplished so far and for their preparedness to deal with any incident.
Rose Belle Fire Station
The Rose Belle Fire Station project, to the tune of some Rs 100 million, is expected to start in October 2017 and will be completed in around 18 months. The fire station will be constructed on a plot of land of 4 200 m2 vested by the Ministry of Local Government and Outer Islands.
The project consists of the construction of a two-storey building in reinforced concrete structure of a total area of 1 619 m2, comprising four appliance bay, offices, technical documentation room, fitness and wellness area, conference room, rest room, kitchen, dining room and customer service area.
The Fire station will provide a customer care office, decentralisation of Fire Safety services, community Fire Safety and Emergency preparedness, enforcement of statutory fire safety requirements, community disaster training and disaster management.
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